St. Joseph the Worker Church in Berkeley has been designated Oakland Diocese's Official Pilgrimage Site for the Fatima Centennial.

Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, which concludes on November 26, 2017. Bishop Michael Barber has designated St. Joseph the Worker as the official Oakland Diocese's pilgrimage site for visits, and the granting of the special indulgence.

St. Joseph the Worker is blessed to have a beautiful Lady of Fatima wood carved statue direct from Fatima, Portugal.



Mark your calendar for these upcoming Special Fatima Centennial events:

Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 10:00am
First Saturday Devotion to our Lady with group Rosary prayer, Enrollment of the Brown Scapular and Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (There will not be an 8:00am Mass this morning)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:00pm
Lady of Fatima Centennial celebration – Mass

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:00am
First Saturday Devotion to our Lady with Rosary prayer, Enrollment of the Brown Scapular and Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (There will not be an 8:00am Mass this morning)

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:00pm
Bishop Michael Barber will be celebrating Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrimage Mass.

See our Events Page for a full listing of upcoming Fatima Centennial events.

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Getting to know our Lady of Fatima – Part XVI

As we prepare to celebrate The Fatima Centennial at St. Joseph the Worker thru November 26, 2017, it helps for us to have a little background, and so for the next few months we will be getting to know our Lady of Fatima with some historical background and stories compiled by Fr. Joseph Previtali, a priest from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and Adjunct Instructor of Dogmatics, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park.

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Part XVI: LUCIA RELATES THE THIRD PART OF THE SECRET OF FATIMA:

"After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: Penance, Penance, Penance!'. And we saw in an immense light that is God: 'something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White 'we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'.

"Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God."

Lucia herself gives us the interpretive key for understanding the Third Part of the Secret: "The third part of the secret refers to Our Lady's words: 'If not [Russia] will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated' (13-VII-1917).

"The third part of the secret is a symbolic revelation, referring to this part of the Message, conditioned by whether we accept or not what the Message itself asks of us: 'If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, etc.

"Since we did not heed this appeal of the Message, we see that it has been fulfilled, Russia has invaded the world with her errors. And if we have not yet seen the complete fulfilment of the final part of this prophecy, we are going towards it little by little with great strides. If we do not reject the path of sin, hatred, revenge, injustice, violations of the rights of the human person, immorality and violence, etc.

"And let us not say that it is God who is punishing us in this way; on the contrary, it is people themselves who are preparing their own punishment. In his kindness God warns us and calls us to the right path, while respecting the freedom he has given us; hence people are responsible."

Next Week: Part XVII of the fascinating story and history of Our Lady of Fatima.



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